Another Clipper has booked a ticket to New York ahead of All-Star Weekend with J.J. Redick receiving an invitation to compete in the 3-point contest, per NBA.com.
Surprisingly, it’s Redick’s first invitation to compete in the event following years of being one of the league’s most renowned marksman.
However, Redick is experiencing the most efficient season of his career, shooting nearly 47 percent from the field and a deadly 44 percent from deep.
It’s a remarkable comeback for the 30-year-old who, was struck down with back injuries last season, derailing his first campaign with the Clippers.
Dubbed as a shooter, Redick has been all that and more for the Clippers this season. His ability to find space and keep the offense moving is vastly underrated.
In his mid-season Clippers report card, Fred Katz broke down how valuable Redick has been to the Clippers:
Redick’s shooting accuracy opens up the Clippers offense so much, and his ability to move off the ball causes confusion within a defense, especially on teams that are poor at communicating defensively as the opposition maneuvers around screens.
Redick’s offense isn’t one-dimensional, though. He’s a capable tertiary ball-handler behind Paul and Griffin in the starting lineup, and he’s a decent passer when given the opportunity to create.
Redick hasn’t only been impressive on the offensive end, he’s holding up defensively too. Redick’s a passable team defender and rotates promptly despite often being outsized by whomever he’s guarding.
How he’ll fare in the event is anyone’s guess (Marco Belinelli took last year’s crown). Redick’s rumored to be lining up against some of the league’s other premier dead-eyes such as Kyle Korver, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, per Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski, in what is set to be the best 3-point contest field in recent memory.